Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dry Rot – Where to Start?

All homes in the Northwest are dangerously susceptible to dry rot. There’s just not too many ways around it. Living in our damp climate only accelerates it’s path of destruction. I’d say just about 1/2 of our jobs this summer involved fixing a dry rot problem. Prevention, early detection and treatment/removal is key to costly repairs down the road.

Last week, we spoke about quality exterior home products. Installing quality materials is the first step in dry rot prevention. Inspecting and your gutters can also help your home displace water properly and prevent water from seeping into your walls and ceiling.

The term “dry rot” actually refers to a type of fungus that can grow in wet wood. Dry rot is wood decay caused by certain fungi that digest and break the wood down, causing it to break apart.

Many homeowner’s don’t know they have an issue until it’s too late. A lot of times the problem is found when they’re doing other work to the house, such as painting it. If you notice any bubbles, cracks, or abnormalities on any surface of your home you should have it checked out by a contractor ASAP. We’ll be able to figure out what the problem is, how large of an area has been effected, and get it fixed and patched up in no time.

Call Englund Construction today to get rid of your rot!

Quality Exterior Home Products

Quality exterior home products are extremely important especially for homes in the Northwest. Exterior home products (siding, roofing, windows and trim boards) are your home’s last line of defense against water damage.

Water can be a home’s worst enemy. When it finds its way into a wall or roof cavity it can wreak havoc structurally and cosmetically.  Water, when trapped, can start breaking down the material from the inside out. The products your builder uses on your home’s exterior need to be made right, and made out of quality materials. Exterior home surfaces take a beating from mother nature all year round, and cutting corners on cheap materials can end up costing you down the road.

When exterior home products fail, it typically shows up as a minor problem. Usually a homeowner will notice a window not functioning properly or a siding bulge or bubble on the side of their home. After inspection, it turns out a larger area around the visible problem has been effected, and it is necessary to tear it out and replace it

Quality house siding, roofing and windows can help seal out water if installed correctly.  They should last a long time and selected to suit the house’s aesthetics and the climate’s demands.

If you have any concerns about your home’s exterior products give us a call today!